My little note about Vic Power led me to this little trailer. I haven’t been able to find a copy of the whole film yet, but it looks like it would be good.
On a related note, ESPN has a nice story, “The Cuban Senators,” talking about how (our own) Calvin Griffith brought hundreds of the (inexpensive) Cuban ballplayers to the U.S. to play ball, guys like Camilo Pascual, Pedro Ramos, Zoilo Versalles, and Tony Oliva. Julio Bécquer tells a nice story about Calvin making sure that he (Bécquer) had enough time in the majors to qualify for the pension, reminding us that even though Calvin may have been a crusty miserly old tightwad cheapskate skinflint, he was also… deep down inside… in some respects… a human being.
I found this picture of Calvin on an ebay auction – kinda looks like a mug shot, but nice to see a younger photo of Uncle Cal, rather than those photos of him as the jowly old guy.
While I’m here, I’ll just mention that old time ball player “Tricky” Nichols died on this date in 1897. Tricky’s lifetime record as a pitcher was 24-44, so he was apparently not as tricky as he needed to be. But I was looking at a list of the teams he played for and I guess you could say that he had a colorful past:
1875 – New Haven Elm Citys
1876 – Red Caps
1877 – St. Louis Brown Stockings
1878 – Providence Grays
1880 – Worcester Ruby Legs
1882 – Orioles
Baseball Reference reports that he was called “Tricky” because he was one of the early experimenters with changing speeds on his pitches, which is tricky indeed. Kind of makes him the Father of both the fastball and the change-up.
And looking into Tricky Nichols led me to this great blog, 19th Century Baseball, New Haven Style. This blog follows the adventures of the 1875 New Haven Elm Citys, and so is full of the exploits of Tricky Nichols and his teammates. I am going to have to spend some time here!